Alvin Bragg indicts New York City official for getting paid while on vacation in Africa

By 
 June 9, 2023

Many conservatives have dismissed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's decision in April to indict former President Donald Trump as being nothing more than a corrupt political move.

Yet earlier this week, the high-profile Democrat leveled corruption allegations of his own against a New York City official was arrested for allegedly defrauding taxpayers. 

City official accused of getting paid while on vacation in Nigeria and Togo

That came in the form of a joint press release put out on Wednesday by Bragg and New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) Commissioner Jocelyn Strauber.

The press release detailed claims against 72-year-old Bola Alade-Bbami, who was an employee of New York City's Administration for Children’s Services.

Alade-Bbami has been hit with one count of grand larceny in the third degree along with eight counts of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree.

The felony charges stem from Alade-Bbami having allegedly falsified time sheets. This included getting paid for time spent on vacation in Nigeria and Togo as well as instances in which he did not show up for work.

Bragg says official "swindled thousands of dollars of taxpayer money through dishonesty"

The press release explained how Alade-Bbami's charges "are the result of an investigation by DOI, which received an anonymous tip regarding the possible theft, in partnership with the Manhattan D.A.’s Office."

It also quoted Bragg as saying that Alade-Bbami "swore an oath to serve the people of New York City but instead allegedly swindled thousands of dollars of taxpayer money through dishonesty."

"Our charges include allegations that this city worker was supposedly clocking into work when he was actually traveling abroad in Africa," the prosecutor went on to state.

"The Manhattan D.A.’s Office does not tolerate fraud in any form, and I thank the Department of Investigation for its ongoing partnership," Bragg concluded.

DOI commissioner slams alleged timesheet fraud as "brazen misconduct"

Strauber spoke up as well, recalling how "[d]uring a citywide staffing shortage, this Child Welfare Specialist, as charged, clocked in while he was not working, including when he was traveling abroad, and claimed overtime hours that he never worked."

"This brazen misconduct, as alleged, is a violation of his duty to the city and to the public, and it is also a crime," she stressed.

Strauber went on to express gratitude to Bragg, saying, "I thank the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for their partnership on this investigation."

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